Unlike on Oahu, the horseback riding opportunities on Maui are a tad more expensive because the rides are longer. In Oahu, you cannot go horseback riding on the beach. It's all located up in the elevated areas of Oahu but you have great views. In Maui, it appears you have some opportunities to ride down closer to the ocean. I'm looking forward to that! Here are some stables to consider:
http://www.mauistables.com/ Two Rides Daily $150 plus tax. Morning ride departs at 9:30am includes Continental Breakfast and Deli Lunch. Afternoon ride departs at 1pm Includes a Deli lunch. Looks like rides are about 2 1/2 hours.
http://www.ponyexpresstours.com/ $110 plus tax 2-hour morning ride departs at 8:30am, refreshments included. $95 plus tax 1 1/2-hour late morning and afternoon ride departs at 11:30am and again at 2pm.
http://www.mauihorse.com/ Three Rides Daily $110 plus tax for 2-hour ride departing at 8:30am includes snack and beverage. $135 plus tax for 2 1/2-hour Lunch ride departing at 10:30am. $120 plus tax for 2 hour Sunset ride departing time varies, snack and beverage included.
http://ironwoodranch.com/ $80 (online otherwise $90) for 1 1/2-hour West Maui ride, $110 (online otherwise $120) for 2 hour Sunset ride, $110 (online otherwise $120) for 2 hour morning ride departing at 8:30am, $60 for 1-hour Maile Pai ride. Other options are also available.
http://www.makenastables.com/ 2 1/2-hour Morning Ride $145 plus tax includes snack and beverage. 2 1/2 to 3-hour Sunset ride $170 plus tax includes snack and bottled water. Private tours are also available.
Equipment: Closed toe shoes
Change of clothes, recommended
300 pound weight limit
You are suspended by a cord/cable mounted on another cable on an incline and you are propelled by gravity. Usually located in lush terrain to give all your senses a rush! Sounds exciting? Well, it did to me at first. But after weighing the pros and cons, the amount of time spent or not spent, the cost and what will I see, I'm not convinced this is a worthwhile activity. I think my money will be better spent on 2 hours of horseback riding. Lot of videos on YouTube you can check out on Maui Zip-line.
You can snorkel almost anywhere in Maui, but our favorite place to snorkel was at Kaanapali Beach. There is an area on the side where it is blocked by a cliff. We went snorkeling 3 days in a row there and everyday we went we saw giant sea turtles! It was amazing and I have no doubt if you go back to that place you'd probably see them too.
Kaanapali Beach is accessible to everyone--it's only hard to find parking around that area during the high season.
Equipment: Snorkel and fins! Rent it anywhere! We brought our own gear there are hundreds of places to rent from in small stores along the shores.
I love to go snorkeling and while the boat tours are a nice way to spend the day, there are also ample opportunities to snorkel from the beach at no extra cost. If you don't bring your own gear, we saw places in Lahaina that rented gear, I assume by the day.
The place we snorkeled from the boat, Honolua Bay, was also accessible from Highway 30, we saw a bunch of cars parked just off the highway and saw a lot of people who were snorkeling from the beach. I don't think there was a charge and this is a great place to snorkel, there is relatively little current in the bay and there's a reef on either side of the bay plus it's very common to see Sea Turtles here.
Equipment: Bring your own mask, snorkel and fins plus a towel and aqua shoes
For surfing in Maui, check out Nancy Emerson's Surf School in Lahaina.
They are right on Front street in Lahaina and surf off the beach just a short walk from their office. You probably won't see Nancy as she lives in Australia now, but I think they are the best of the schools I saw operating in the area. If you are a beginner they will get you up surfing quickly. If you are more experienced they will quickly assess your ability level and build on it from there. For real pros who want to surf the big wave spots like "jaws", the surf coaches will act as guides once they have verified your ability. (I'm told there is no way you'll get in the line up at the better local spots without a local guide to help break the ice for you.)
As for me, a novice, middle aged surfer from the East coast, I stuck with the small (but well formed) waves along the Lahaina sea wall, where the photo was taken. It was great!!
Equipment: Surf schools provide all their own equipment, but they will likely bring a soft top board for you. If you prefer a hard fiberglass board , ask and they may be able to provide one for you. Otherwise you can rent them at any one of several surf shops in Lahaina. If you're driving, they will also give you soft racks to carry the board if you ask.
We couldn't resist their ads for $1.99 scuba gear rental. Of course once we got there we are shown what the $1.99 will get you, scuba gear circa 1940 so we ended up paying $9 each for decent gear. Furthermore, we were warned by "Maui Revealed" that this company tends to be rude and pushy. They were right. We thought it couldn't be that bad to just rent gear from them but we found them phony, pushy and untrustworthy.
Instead head to Maui Dive Shop for great service and gear.
This was only the 2nd time I snorkelled; the first being for 20 mins. the day before in shallow water at the beach. Oh and I don't swim well at all and am terrified of deep water...but I did it. Maui Dive Shop took us out and they couldn't have been better. Our two guides were totally understanding about me being a beginner and gave me great instruction and a snorkel flotation vest.
We had two guides and 5 other snorkellers. Usually they said they would have 24 people. Because they have a 32' boat they get an anchoring spot on the left side of Molokini Crater which is the best part of the crater to snorkel so say many including "Maui Revealed". It didn't disappoint! It was stunning. It was crystal clear and there were colourful fish everywhere!!!!! We also saw an eel. Luckily I didn?t see a shark but others in our group did. After we had fully explored the crater our boat took us a few miles away to Turtle Town. The water here wasn?t as clear but we still got to swim with a few turtles.
7am - 10:15am - daily
$49.95US adult/$44.95 age 4-12
Snacks and beverages included.
If you want a larger boat and a bbq go with the larger companies. Some of them take 140 people at a time and most cost around $100US.
Equipment: Maui Dive Shop provided all equipment (dry snorkel sets and wetsuit top) and it was included in the price of $49.95US per person. The equipment was good equipment and they had lots of extras for beginners, ie. snorkel vest (pfds), boogeyboards, etc.
My husband snorkelled the outside Molokini Crater Wall & St. Anthony's Wreck. He loved it and said it was worth every penny. Keep in mind he was a boat captain for a scuba co. in Costa Rica and has done 100s of dives. He saw tons of fish, sharks, eels, etc. He dove with ProDiver who is rated #1 in the book "Maui Revealed". He said they were extremely professional and love their jobs. Because it hadn't been good weather only my hubby and one other person booked the trip, Prodiver didn't cancel the trip even though they didn't have 6. They essentially got a private trip. The cost was $149US; gear included. You leave at 5:45am and return at 10:30am. Need certification card. 34ft. long fiberglass dive boat. Certified to take 16 but only take 6 people.
Equipment: Excellent gear included.
Take a day trip to Molokini, a crater that is a natural preserve. You can snorkel in the crystal clear water or some boats offer snuba which is a combination of snorkeling and scuba diving hence the name snuba. Don't pass up the opportunity to snuba. It takes no prior experience and if I can manage it anyone can. The water outside Turtle Town was not as clear but still awesome when the turtles swim right up next to you.
Equipment: All you need is a swimsuit and an underwater camera.
Maui is full of places to snorkel. If, however, you're looking for a more educational adventure, we highly recommend snorkeling with Ann Fielding.
Ann was able to find a place for our family to snorkel when unusual weather patterns made it impossible to find clear waters on most of the island. She knows the island incredibly well.
She was also incredibly patient with our children, who had never snorkeled. She was able to talk at their level (they had just seen "Finding Nemo"). She also brought great snacks.
Equipment: Ann supplies all the equipment as part of her fee. We just emailed sizes ahead of time (including information about who wore glasses, etc.).
This course opened in 1999. Golf Magazine considered it one of the Top 35 new courses that year. Don't get too excited. I don't feel it lived up to that billing. It was a playable course, however, with some interesting holes. The price was right for the island of Maui.
Challenging course with lots of bunkers. Didn't have my swing which made it even more difficult. Couldn't get use to the greens. The grass on greens grows towards the water. Have to know if you are putting against the grain or with it. Has a dramatic effect on how you putt the ball. As a result, ball doesn't break as much as you would expect and ball moves very slowly against the grain.
I thought the course was scenic enough. I spoke with another individual who thought the Emerald course was more scenic.
The senior skins game is played at the Gold course.
For those of you who book your dive trip with Trilogy, you'll have the benefit of going out on a much larger vessel with plenty of cover. We really enjoyed our dive experience with Trilogy and we highly recommend them. If you book online, you save 10% of the trip price.
Equipment: All equipment included. Just bring your certification card.
Maui's allure doesn't end with it's lush rainforests, stunning beaches, perfect weather, or majestic volcanoes. The diverse and abundant sea life below the sea level is also amazing. Granted, it is not really one of the world's most biologically diverse or biologically abundant areas, but for a small island, you see quite a lot and many of the dive tour operators know the best places to go are. Some excellent spots are Slaughterhouse Beach, Turtle Cove, Molokini Crater (cool night diving there), Lanai and the cathedrals, the wreck of the St. Anthony with accompanying artificial reef and so many more.
There are also countless dive operations with which you can book your dive trips. Liz and I chose Triology and we were quite pleased. The staff was young, enthusiastic, fun, and most importantly, knowledgable. They have only recently begun their dive operations, but their staff has been diving the areas around Maui for a while and know Maui's best dive secrets well. Plus, most of their dive instructors and dive masters came from another popular dive company. If you pick up your copy of Maui Revealed (the guidebook) they will mention a number of good dive operations. Include Trilogy, especially for a night dive!
One last thing, always remember to tip the crew when disembarking from the vessel. They work hard to make sure you have a good time so the gratuity is only well deserved.
Equipment: All you have to bring is your certification card. They'll have everything else, but remember, the more of your own equipment you have, the more comfortable you will be diving.
If you’re into surfing, then you're in luck. There are several great beaches throughout Maui to choose from. Ho'okipa Beach on the North Shore is one of the more popular beaches attracting countless surfers and windsurfers alike.
Equipment: There are several surfboard rental agencies that will hook you up with the latest gear. Just type "Maui surfboard rental" on your favorite search engine, and you'll find them. Surfboards rent for about $100 to $120 a week, and many shops offer deals on daily rentals as well.
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1533 Uakea Rd, Hana, Hawaii, 96713, United States
Good for: Solo